A top opinion leader in the field of sustainable energy policy, Tetsunari Iida is well-known in Japan and internationally through many academic publications and through the mass media. He played an influential role, as an independent and non-profit intellectual, in rapidly shaping Japan’s policy after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power disaster.
Among his many achievements as a ‘social innovator’ can be listed:
– drafting the renewable electricity Feed-in Tariff law in 1999, before Germany’s FIT in 2000
– organising a parliamentary campaign for new legislation after Fukushima
– introducing innovative policies, such as Cap & Trade, to Japanese local governments, including Tokyo
– contributing to the creation of social business schemes, such as Japan’s green certificate scheme, with TEPCO and SONY, and Japan’s first ‘community wind ownership’, where local people could invest in wind power directly.
After the Fukushima power plant accident, within ten days of the tsunami that caused the nuclear meltdown, Iida started mapping out a realistic path to avoid an energy blackout in the short term and begin an ‘energy shift’ in the long run from nuclear and fossil to renewable based sustainable energy.
He went on to design and organise the Renewable Energy Foundation, now renamed the Renewable Energy Institute, and set up the ‘Japan Community Power Network’ in 2014.
Iida received the World Wind Energy Honorary Award 2016. He is particularly well known in Scandinavia through his book, “Energy Democracy in Nordic Countries”.